to the gills


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to the gills

Completely, utterly, or thoroughly. I was doped to the gills for about two weeks after my surgery. I'm off the painkillers now, but I still feel pretty out of it. I've got so many meetings and deadlines these days that my schedule is packed to the gills! We left the all-you-can-eat buffet full to the gills.
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to the ˈgills

(informal) completely full: I was stuffed to the gills with chocolate cake.
Gills are the openings on the side of a fish’s head that it breathes through.
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to the gills

Informal
As full as possible; completely.
See also: gill, to
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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